Iraq’s Kurdistan region approves referendum

Iraqi Kurdish legislators of the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region have approved a plan to hold a referendum on independence from Baghdad later this month, a contentious move spearheaded by regional President Masoud Barzani that has faced bitter opposition from the central government and several other countries, including neighboring Iran, Turkey and Syria. In open defiance […]

Pakistan Prime Minister to attend United Nations General Assembly

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would lead Pakistan’s delegation at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week, according to the Foreign Office here. Abbasi’s trip to the US to attend the General Assembly session will not only be his first as premier, but also the first high-level visit […]

Alqama new Lashkar commander

Srinagar: Alqama alias Zeenat ul Islam has been appointed as the new Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander in Kashmir, according to the news reports emanating from New Delhi. After the death of Abu Ismail, Lashkar named Alqama as its new commander. Forces killed Lashkar commander Abu Ismail in Nowgam encounter along with his associate Abu Qasim on […]

Centre Afraid of Identifying Stakeholders in Kashmir: Azad

SRINAGAR: A week after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spelled out a “permanent solution” to the Kashmir issue based on “five Cs”, opposition Congress party Saturday said that BJP-led government was afraid of naming the stakeholders in Kashmir to resolve the issue. “Central and state governments have to decide which stakeholders to talk to. Everyone […]

US Talks on IWT: India, Pak Fail to Break Ice

WASHINGTON: The latest round of talks between India and Pakistan on Indus Water Treaty concluded without reaching an agreement, the World Bank has said even as it assured that both countries will continue to work to resolve the issues in an amicable manner. “While an agreement has not been reached at the conclusion of the […]

2 Shot Dead on LoC

KUPWARA: Indian army Saturday said alert soldiers  foiled an infiltration bid on Line of Control and shot dead two infiltrators even as three of them reportedly managed to escape in Machhil Sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.      Reports said that a group comprising of five militants was challenged by an Army patrolling party […]

Desecrating Militants’ Bodies: Army Takes Note of Video 

SRINAGAR: The Army has taken cognisance of a video showing troops dishonouring the bodies of two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants killed in an encounter, a spokesperson said on Saturday. The two militants, Lashkar commander Abu Ismail and his associate Abu Qasim, were killed in Aribagh area of Nowgam on the outskirts of the city in Srinagar on Thursday. […]

India Rebukes 57-Nation Muslim Bloc

New Delhi: India, on Friday, hit out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) over Kashmir issue at the United Nations (UN). When the Kashmir issue was raked up, India, responded by saying that “OIC has no locus standi to comment on its internal affairs.” Reacting strongly to a remark made by Pakistan at the […]

PDP Leader Wants State Holiday on Maharaja’s Birthday

SRINAGAR: Senior leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vikramaditya Singh has written an open letter to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti demanding September 23 be declared as state holiday as ‘mark of respect’ for the last autocratic ruler of the state, Maharaja Hari Singh. Vikramaditya Singh also sought attention of the Chief Minister towards the historic […]

Jammu Bar Joins Chorus, Threatens Stir

Jammu;- The Bar Association of Jammu on Saturday asked the state government to take a “positive decision” on its demand that September 23 be declared a state holiday. The association said that it failed to understand what was stopping the government from taking a decision on its long-standing demand which involves “regional aspirations”. “From political parties […]

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